Call for a Post-Doctoral Researcher (closed)

The DFG Research Training Group “East Asian Futures: Visions and Realizations on National, Transregional and Global Scales” (GRK 2833) offers one full TV-L 13 position at Ruhr University Bochum and the University Duisburg-Essen for postdoctoral research (m,f,x) from 01-10-2023 till 30-09-2028

The interdisciplinary research training group GRK 2833 solicits postdoctoral research on East Asian projections and conceptions of the future: how they emerged, on what premises they were based, and how they have been and continue to be applied to the paradigmatic fields of (1) language, religion, and ideology, (2) self and society, (3) resources and technology, and (4) sovereignty and governance. The temporal focus is on the modern and contemporary periods. Priority will be given to candidates whose postdoctoral research project include at least two East Asian regions or who have a strong area studies and methodological approach. The relevant fields of research are • Area studies: Sinology/Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies • and/or further disciplines with a strong focus on East Asia, such as Social Sciences (Political Science, Economics, Sociology), History, Religious Studies, Linguistics, Literary Studies The position is a fixed-term employment, limited to a maximum of five years. The postdoctoral studies will be conducted at the Faculty of East Asian Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) respectively its constituting faculties, with periods of field work and archival / library research in East Asia. The participating researchers cooperate and coordinate their activities in the Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr. GRK 2833 is supported by a grant of the German Research Foundation DFG funded by the German federal government and the federal states. For further information on the research programme, please refer to the GRK 2833 website.

application deadline:31.03.2023

Your tasks:

  •  The postdoctoral researcher is expected to mentor the doctoral researchers through peer teaching, especially concerning fieldwork, to participate in the research colloquia, and to co-organize project-specific workshops on the four subthemes, together with a group of associated postdoc researchers.

Your profile:

  • Your doctorate is completed with submission of an excellent doctoral thesis.
  • You have a strong interest in research on East Asian future conceptions and realizations
  • You have research experience in East Asia and methodological competence in East Asian area studies and/or in the disciplines of the humanities and/or social sciences with a strong focus on East Asia.
  • You have leadership qualities and are willing to guide doctoral researchers as part of your activities within the Research Training Group.
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English and knowledge of at least one, but ideally two, East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, classical and/or modern), depending on the research topic.

Our offer:

  • Team-oriented cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • Employment at one of Germany’s largest universities in the University Alliance Ruhr network
  • Support in reconciling family and work/academics (including childcare placement, holiday offers, mobile children’s room).
  • You will benefit from being a member of the AREA Ruhr with its wide research network and of the respective graduate centres Research School at RUB and Graduate Centre Plus at UDE) under the umbrella of the Research Academy Ruhr (RAR), which provide research and learning environments with structured guidance on academic skills training, support for attending conferences, and manifold opportunities for networking and career development.

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Gwendolin KLEINE STEGEMANN, Phone: +49234 32 28771
Nora BRASSE, Phone: +49234 32 26258

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: here (external link to

Please upload your application with the specification ANR: 1585 until 31.03.2023 in one pdf file onto the application platform.